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International Development and Inclusive Innovation

Decades of top-down aid and development policies have failed to address global inequity and grinding poverty for billions of world citizens. Our international development research is pioneering a different approach which we call ‘inclusive innovation’.

We are involving poor and marginalised people in developing their own solutions, and working with them to bring about a fairer and sustainable world.

Our research in this field reflects the OU’s commitment to educational opportunity and social justice.

Research specialisms

Health, Innovation and Equity

Innovation profoundly affects health systems and access to care, but research on innovation and health equity needs proper integration.

Infrastructures for Inclusion

Infrastructure demands are key to inclusive development so that exclusion is avoided.

Agri-food, Bio-energy & Green-tech

Solutions are not simply about the 'best' technology – tensions may exist between agri-food, bio-energy and green-tech policies.

Theorising Capabilities & Innovation

Human well-being is about more than income. It's about opportunities, what people can be and do – and how innovation affects this.

Finance, Innovation and Equity

Innovation is the fundamental engine of growth, employment and quality of life, but its advantages are unevenly distributed.

Education for Inclusive Development

Education is key to the SDGs, but transformation both at system level and within sites of learning is crucial if they are to be met.

Migration & Forced Displacement

Migration and forced displacement are among the most pressing global challenges of our times.

Supply chains and consumer behaviour

Identification of global commodity supply chains with the potential to reduce producer poverty, and mobilising consumer support is crucial in order to support future populations.

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News & articles

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New bespoke industrial microwave to investigate building on the Moon

An OU researcher has created a bespoke industrial microwave to melt simulants of 50-year-old soil from the Moon to see if the microwave heating method is possible to fabricate building components on the Moon.

20th May 2019
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Upcoming Events

Jun 4

The idea of justice in innovation

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

Jun 25

If school is the problem, what is the solution?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

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